FRP stair nosing can be used on either indoor or outdoor stairs, and on almost any surface, including the most common ones, namely wood, metal, and concrete. It fastens to the steps with screws, rivets, glue, or adhesive and is ready to walk on almost immediately after installation. With adhesives, a full cure is achieved in 24-48 hours.
Stair nosings come in several sizes and they can also be cut with a reciprocating saw on site to enable custom fitting to any step. Typical widths range from 32′ to 59′, and depths are usually 2 ¾’. They are anywhere from 1/8′ thick to over an inch thick.
The fiberglass mixed in the plastic makes the overall material more resilient, and better able to keep its shape over time. It also helps make the stair nosings more fire resistant. Many nosings come treated to prevent UV damage, which can make untreated plastics become brittle. The mix also makes FRP stair nosing material resistant to damage from cleaning chemicals. Because they are made from mostly plastic, stair nosings will not rust or corrode over the years, so they will last a long time.
When installing, the first thing to do is to make sure the steps are clean and dry, and if there is any damage to the steps, that should be fixed first so the stair nosing will install correctly and not warp. The stair nosings can then be drilled along with the step and fastened with concrete screws or regular wood screws. A screw or rivet installation can also be supplemented with adhesive for a super tight fit to the steps, so that any gaps are filled in.
To clean steps with FRP stair nosing installed, sweep frequently. Occasional mopping will get up any embedded dirt and of course will clean up spills. If the stair nosings were installed using glue only, care should be taken to not allow water to puddle and potentially damage the adhesion. Also, pressure washing should be avoided.